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The beautiful neighbourhood of Walnut Grove is located in the northwest portion of the Langley Township, north of the Trans-Canada Highway. The neighbourhood is just south of the cities of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, and is connected to them by the Golden Ears Bridge. Walnut Grove is one of the more established and suburban neighbourhoods in the Langley Township, featuring a variety of shopping and dining options. It's an excellent neighbourhood for families and young professionals, including those who work in neighbouring cities.
The Walnut Grove area is growing quickly. In 1996, the population was 17,225 and it jumped up to 21,445 in 2001. As the surrounding township continues to grow and draw in new residents, the demand for housing in convenient locations will continue to rise, making property values in neighbourhoods like Walnut Grove increase.
The people of Langley are employed in a variety of different industries, with retail trade being the largest. Of the 50,000 workers in the township, about 6,000 of them are employed in retail in some way. Manufacturing, transportation and warehousing are also quite popular, followed closely by education and healthcare. Unemployment here is just 6.7%, which is on par with the province as a whole. Walnut Grove residents are some of the most likely to work in nearby cities, because the commute from here is convenient and short. Those who desire the more laid-back community of the Langley Township combined with lower crime, traffic and crowding often look for homes in Walnut Grove.
Shopping options abound for Walnut Grove residents. Near the southern portion of the neighbourhood along 88th Street are several shops and eateries, including a pizza shop, a clothing shop and a Starbucks location. It's just minutes away to the Willowbrook Shopping Centre where folks can find popular retailers, from Toys 'R' Us to Old Navy and the Sears Home Store. Willowbrook offers up more than 150 different stores and professional services, making it easy for individuals to find exactly what they need. Also in this area is a wide range of choices for food, from Italian diners to traditional Chinese food and even sushi restaurants.
Being so close to the Trans Canada Highway, Walnut Grove residents enjoy easy access to nearby cities like Vancouver, Coquitlam and Surrey. With the Golden Ears Bridge connecting Walnut Grove to Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, residents have equally easy access to those areas. Other major through roads in the neighbourhood include 200th Street and 88th Avenue. Public transportation is available in Walnut Grove, as in all other Langley neighbourhoods, thanks to TransLink. Buses pick-up frequently and have regular routes all over the township.
Families in Walnut Grove send their children off to Topham Elementary or James Kennedy Elementary. Both of these schools funnel into Walnut Grove Secondary, which is the largest school in the Langley Township, with enrollment at approximately 2,000. Post-secondary education is available from Kwantlen Polytechnic University as well as the private Trinity Western Reserve.
Just minutes away from Walnut Grove, near Fort Langley, is the Langley Fine Arts School, The Fort Gallery, and several other galleries. Residents also have the benefit of being able to check out surrounding cities' art scenes very easily. Many museums are situated throughout the Langley Township, including the Canada Museum of Flight which charts Canada's history in flight. The Langley Centennial Museum is also very nearby, giving residents plenty of options for soaking up art, culture and history.
One of the excellent options for recreation within Walnut Grove is the Walnut Grove Community Centre. Open every day of the week, residents can enjoy the swimming pool and weight room, the sauna and steam room, adult and family whirlpools, the 300-foot water slide and 1, 3, and 5-metre diving boards and tower. The Walnut Grove Community Park is also an excellent benefit to the community, featuring trails that are perfect for hiking, cycling and exploring. It also boasts a water spray park for younger children, ball fields and courts, a skate park and more.
Outside of the neighbourhood, residents can take advantage of a huge variety of recreational options, including various trails and dykes, horseback riding, and golf courses.
Investing in Walnut Grove Real Estate
Walnut Grove really is the best of both worlds; it offers serenity and peace with a tight-knit community combined with all of the urban conveniences Langley Township has to offer. Commuters love the neighbourhood, and it also works very well for families or those planning families. Beautiful homes (including single-family and multi-family homes) provide dream homes for some families, and income sources for investors. Now is the perfect time to invest in a gorgeous home in the Walnut Grove community.
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